Sergeant Gordon Rosenthal was an English airman of the Royal Air Force who died during the Second World War.

He was born c. 1920, in West Derby, the son of Julius and Esther Malka Rosenthal (née Alexander). Before the war, Rosenthal was a keen sportsman and represented Liverpool in swimming as a schoolboy. He signed for Tranmere Rovers FC in January 1937, and turned professional in July 1939. He made a number of appearances for the first-team, but only in friendlies. Rosenthal made his last appearance for Tranmere on 4 April 1942, in a match against New Brighton FC. Two of his brothers, Abe and Leslie, also played for Rovers.[1][2]

Rosenthal, a pilot with 57 Officer Training Unit, died on 10 August 1942, when his Supermarine Spitfire (serial N3276) stalled and subsequently crashed in the River Dee.[3]

He is buried in Walton Hebrew Burial Ground, Liverpool.


  1. Rovers Remembrance, Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  2. Abe Rosenthal - The Story of a Maverick, Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  3. Supermarine Spitfire Mk I N3276, Retrieved 12 August 2013.


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